At The Disco 7: “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

If you want peace, prepare for this week’s Shuttle Pod podcast. Matt, Jared, and Kayla assemble a landing party to discuss the latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 1, Episode 8 – Debuted Sunday November 5th

Written by Kirsten Beyer
Directed by John S. Scott

Join us as the Shuttle Pod crew dive into episode 8 of Discovery. Writer Kirsten Beyer’s first foray into writing for television was definitely a success. She was able to bring together a nice story, where we learn more about Saru and get to follow some of the other narrative threads as they weave through the central plot.

There were a couple of nice Trek moments in this week’s installment. Our resident audiophile Matt immediately picked up on a familiar sound effect from “The Cage” (listen to the podcast to hear the effects compared). We also got a shout out to the first man in space, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. As Matt points out, it’s about time he had his own ship!

The Klingon stuff this week felt a bit more exciting. Perhaps because scenes between Mary Chieffo’s L’Rell and Jayne Brook’s Admiral Cornwell were nothing short of fantastic television. Kayla says Cornwell might be her new favorite character, which makes her death(?) an interesting talking point.

As always, we are left with lots of questions in this episode that felt very much like part one of a classic two-parter. What’s the deal with the Pahvoans? Will there be repercussions for Saru, who revealed he was in his right mind during his breakdown on the plant? Is Admiral Cornwell dead, or… not? What is L’Rell really angling for? And, of course, what will happen between Discovery and the Klingons!? Listen to the podcast to hear our thoughts.